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Barclays Premier League football returns to BT Sport this Saturday (January 11th), with Hull City taking on Chelsea at the KC Stadium.

Both sides successfully navigated FA Cup with Budweiser third-round ties against Sky Bet Championship sides last weekend, winning 2-0 away at Middlesbrough and Derby County respectively.

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And they will now be keen to press on in the league, with three more vital points up for grabs in this 12:45pm kick-off, live on BT Sport 1.

Steve Bruce's Hull side will be happy with the first half of their season, with the Tigers currently sitting in tenth place in the Barclays Premier League table on 23 points from 20 games.

A rousing 6-0 win against Fulham last week helped boost confidence, while also putting distance between Hull and the relegation zone.

The Tigers' sole aim may be Barclays Premier League survival this season, but their opponents Chelsea have very real aspirations at the other end of the table.

Three successive wins - against Swansea City, Liverpool and Southampton - have enabled Jose Mourinho's side to narrow the gap to leaders Arsenal to just two points.

Despite a shortage of goals up front, the Blues have become genuine title contenders. However, it remains to be seen how they cope with league, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League challenges, in what could be a busy spring.

In the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season, Chelsea claimed a 2-0 win over Hull courtesy of goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard.

There are various other games on BT Sport this weekend, including a Scottish Premiership clash between Aberdeen and Hibernian at 7:45pm on Friday January 10th.

Second-place Aberdeen will be looking to strengthen their grip on a European place for next season as their Edinburgh opponents travel north to Pittodrie.

Derek McInnes' side are on a great run of form, having won seven out of their last eight league games - yet they remain 13 points off leaders Celtic at the top of the table.

Fifth-place Hibs have also picked up of late, claiming three wins and a draw in their last four Scottish Premiership outings.

The last time these sides met, on October 26th, Aberdeen claimed a 2-0 away win at Easter Road courtesy of late goals from substitutes Scott Vernon and Gregg Wylde.

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